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Netflix: 13 Orders of Green Eggs and Ham, Please

We’d love to share some happy news based on the rhymes of Dr. Seuss. Green Eggs and Ham will become a show and you’re among the first to know.

In this richly animated production, a 13-episode introduction, standoffish inventor (Guy, by name) and Sam-I-Am of worldwide fame, embark on a cross-country trip that tests the limits of their friendship.

As they learn to try new things, they find out what adventure brings. Of course they also get to eat that famous green and tasty treat!

Obama Pushes Free eBooks

Obama pushes reading through universal library cards, free e-books for low-income students | Star Tribune

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama announced Thursday that major book publishers will provide more than $250 million in free e-books to low-income students and that he is seeking commitments from local governments and schools nationwide to provide library cards to all students. Obama announced the initiatives at a library in the District of Columbia’s economically depressed Anacostia neighborhood. The initiatives are tied to his ConnectEd program, a 2-year-old effort to boost educational outcomes by improving digital connectivity. “We’re going to provide millions of e-books online so that they’re available for young people who maybe don’t have as many books at home or don’t always have access to a full stock of reading materials,” Obama said during a virtual town hall sponsored by Discovery Education.

via Obama pushes reading through universal library cards, free e-books for low-income students | Star Tribune.

Author Ann Rule Ripped Off by Sons

Bestselling true crime author Ann Rule was bilked out of more than $100,000 by two of her sons, one of whom demanded money while she “cowered in her wheelchair,” authorities said.Michael Rule, 51, has been charged with theft in the first degree and forgery, for allegedly writing himself $103,628 in checks from his mothers bank account, according to charging documents. Andrew Rule, 54, was accused of coercing his mother into giving him $23,327 and was charged with first-degree theft. Both are free on their own recognizance awaiting trial.Ann Rule, 84, the author of 30 New York Times bestsellers, has been in declining health since an October 2013 fall that resulted in a broken hip, according to court documents provided to The Huffington Post by the King County Prosecuting Attorneys Office in Washington state. She “is on oxygen at all times,” suffers from periods of “extreme confusion” and is “vulnerable to undue influence,” the documents say.

via Author Ann Rule Was Abused, Ripped Off By Her Sons, Cops Say.

Stars Planned for Blume’s Book Tour

Judy Blume’s hotly anticipated new novel, “In the Unlikely Event,” is becoming quite an event of its own. The novel, which centers on a series of plane crashes in Elizabeth, N.J., in the early 1950s, is her first book for adults in 16 years. To mark the occasion, her publisher, Knopf, has organized a celebrity-studded tour. The publicity blitz will kick off with an event at Book Con in New York on May 31, where the best-selling novelist Jennifer Weiner will interview Ms. Blume.

via Star-Studded Book Tour Planned for Judy Blumes Latest – NYTimes.com.

Personalized Picture Book Runaway Bestseller

David Cadji-Newby used to get an email alert every time a copy of his personalised picture book was bought from his website. There would be just a few a day, until, shortly before Christmas in 2013, sales suddenly took off.“My email was going ‘ping, ping, ping’, I thought it was broken. I was thinking ‘oh my God, what’s happening?’” said Cadji-Newby. The book, a beautifully illustrated hardback which creates a personalised story around the letters of a child’s name, has now sold 500,000 copies to date, according to its publishers.

via Personalised picture book becomes runaway bestseller | Books | The Guardian.

New “Epilogue” for Clinton Book

“Where did Hillary go?” the President asked, looking around. He was in the middle of a short speech about democracy in Burma, standing on the porch of Aung San Suu Kyi’s house in Rangoon. “Where is she?”It was November 2012, and we were on our final trip together as President and Secretary of State. I waved from off to the side and caught his eye. “There she is,” he said. As he thanked me, I thought about how far we had come from that day more than four years earlier in Dianne Feinstein’s living room. Like our entire last trip together, it was a moment of bittersweet nostalgia, of satisfaction in what we had accomplished, delight in the partners we had become, and sadness that it would soon be over.

via A New Chapter | Hillary Clinton.

Patterson Donates to Indie Bookstores

A FURTHER 68 INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOPS HAVE BEEN GRANTED £120,000 FROM THE ORIGINAL £250,000 FUND ANNOUNCED IN JUNE 2014Bestselling author and bookshop devotee, James Patterson, has announced the second round of independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland to receive grants following his pledge to donate £250,000 in June 2014. Over £130,000 has already been allocated to 73 independent bookshops across the UK and Ireland following the first round of applications in September 2014. The remaining grant allocation of £120,000 has now been allocated to a further 68 bookshops, enabling even more initiatives to get underway that will help get children reading.

via Book Trade Announcements – James Patterson Announces A Further £250,000 Donation To Independent Bookshops In The UK And Ireland Taking His Total Donation To £500,000.

Simon & Schuster Revives Scribner UK

Simon & Schuster UK is reviving 150-year-old imprint Scribner. After 10 years “lying dormant” in the UK, and 150 years after it first began, Scribner will relaunch in June.

The imprint—which continues to flourish in the US, where it enjoys a strong brand—will publish six to 12 titles a year, beginning with the paperback of Graham Swift’s England and Other Stories on 4th June. Three novels in hardback follow: Tim Lott’s The Last Summer of the Water Strider (18th June); Benjamin Wood’s The Ecliptic (July); and Alice Hoffman’s The Marriage of Opposites (August).

via S&S UK revives Scribner | The Bookseller.

Dictionary of American Regional English in Trouble

Dictionary of American Regional English out of funds - Books - The Boston GlobeAs the Badger basketball team headed into the NCAA Final Four games two weeks ago, a librarian named Anna Lewis launched a crowdfunding page to give an “off-court assist” to another prized University of Wisconsin property: the Dictionary of American Regional English. “DARE is in danger. Their funding has nearly run out,” the page warned. By the following week, the campaign had raised $4,000. But that is a fraction of the $425,000 that chief editor Joan Houston Hall says she needs to continue this half-century-long project to study how Americans talk. Unless a benefactor appears, what American Dialect Society executive secretary Allan Metcalf recently called the “greatest American lexicographical project of the latter 20th century” is scheduled to wind down in June.

via Dictionary of American Regional English out of funds – Books – The Boston Globe.

Knopf Editor Keeps ‘Fifty Shades’ on Shelves

Knopf Editor Sonny Mehta Keeps 'Fifty Shades of Grey' on His Office Shelves - Hollywood ReporterThe Midtown West office of India-born, British-educated Sonny Mehta, 72, reflects his cosmopolitan upbringing and eclectic literary tastes. A vintage cricket bat is propped in a corner, while a Bill Clinton bobblehead rests on his coffee table (Knopf published the president’s memoir). On the floor-to-ceiling bookcases, Fifty Shades of Grey, Toni Morrison, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Graham Swift can be found on the shelves. It’s an unsurprising mix for an editor long known for an equally good eye for both high- and lowbrow fare.

“What can I say? I’m a book junkie,” chuckles Mehta, who personally edits about 10 out of 120 books put out annually by Knopf, a division of the world’s largest publishing company, Penguin Random House, which boasted $3.6 billion in 2014 revenue.

via Knopf Editor Sonny Mehta Keeps ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ on His Office Shelves – Hollywood Reporter.